Brad Pickett on Ian McCall: “I’m here for one reason and that is to get a title shot”

Brad PickettTonight Brad Pickett fights Ian McCall at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Brandao.  Since entering the UFC 24-8 Pickett has gone 4-2 in the Octagon with this being Pickett’s second fight at flyweight, his first being a unanimous decision over Neil Seery at UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa in March.  Pickett notably already has a win over current UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson from WEC at bantamweight, a fight Pickett won by unanimous decision at WEC 48 in April 2010.

ADCC: You are preparing to return to the UFC at flyweight…

BP: Yeah, second time at flyweight.

ADCC: What are your thoughts on your opponent?

BP: I’m fighting Ian McCall in Ireland.  I was supposed to fight him back in March at the O2 (London).  Unfortunately he was injured and I had a late replacement Neil Seery and beat him.  I really wanted this fight so it has been rematched up.

ADCC: How do you feel about that successful debut at flyweight?

BP: For me it was more about making the weight.  I’ve done that now, now it is about putting in a better performance.  I got the win but for me I didn’t perform as well as I would have liked to have done.  I do set high standards of myself.  There is no disrespect to Neil Serry, he is a tough competitor, but I didn’t perform too well.  I’m here for one reason and that is to get a title shot.  If I slip up against Ian McCall I’ll go back up to bantamweight.  It all depends on how this fight goes.

ADCC: The decision was yours to cut down to flyweight?

BP: It was 100% mine.  After my last fight at bantamweight against Michael McDonald I was getting a little annoyed where a lot of people fighting at bantamweight are a little rangier on me, I’m always the shorter guy.  I didn’t think I was the biggest bantamweight anymore.  I look at other bantamweights like Renan Barao who I fought and they are getting big!

ADCC: BJ Penn recently retired at 35.  At the post-fight press conference Dana White said MMA is a young man’s sport.  You are also 35.  How do you feel about that age prejudice and where you are in your career?

BP: Age is a number.  It depends how your body feels and if you’ve had injuries.  My age won’t retire me, my body will retire me.  I watched that fight with BJ Penn, he was a shadow of his former self and it was kind of hard to watch.  I’d like to think I won’t be like that.  At my weight class speed is a massive key and when you do get older you do lose a bit of speed.  I was never the fastest guy in the world but I have good timing.  When I fought Demetrious Johnson back in WEC I was nowhere near as quick as him, I beat him that night because I had good timing.  My timing is still good and I’m tough as nails.